News headlines about HCP (NYSE:HCP) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HCP earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.7153279986233 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

HCP (NYSE HCP) traded down 0.65% during trading on Thursday, hitting $29.19. The stock had a trading volume of 2,368,366 shares. HCP has a 52 week low of $27.61 and a 52 week high of $36.82. The company has a 50-day moving average of $31.45 and a 200-day moving average of $31.26. The stock has a market capitalization of $13.69 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.90 and a beta of 0.37.

HCP (NYSE:HCP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $458.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $456.29 million. HCP had a return on equity of 9.96% and a net margin of 32.16%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 14.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.71 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that HCP will post $1.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 22nd. Investors of record on Monday, August 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.37 per share. This represents a $1.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.07%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 3rd. HCP’s dividend payout ratio is 102.07%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on HCP. BidaskClub downgraded HCP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $33.00 target price on shares of HCP in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) downgraded HCP from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their target price for the company from $35.00 to $32.00 in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded HCP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $31.00 target price on shares of HCP in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.42.

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In related news, insider Thomas Klaritch sold 2,651 shares of HCP stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.53, for a total transaction of $83,586.03. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 176,830 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,575,449.90. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 0.22% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About HCP

HCP, Inc is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry in the United States. The Company’s segments include senior housing triple-net (SH NNN), senior housing operating portfolio (SHOP), life science and medical office. Its senior housing facilities include independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, care homes, and continuing care retirement communities.

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